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One instance where subjects are  placed to the right of the verb is in interrogative sentences (questions).  The easiest way to  find the subject is to find the verb first.  So, find the verb in these sentences.

Where is he?

Did she give it to him?

Have the trolls allowed the people to cross the bridge?

Will Maria see a ghost tonight?

Once you have found the verb it is easy to find the subject.  Just ask yourself who or what did the verb..  For instance in the first one, ask yourself who or what IS?  The answer comes to mind immediately--"HE is."  In the second one, who or what DID GIVE is answered by "SHE did give it."  In the third one, who or what HAVE ALLOWED is answered by "The TROLLS have allowed."  Now, circle the subjects in these sentences:

Must the witch turn all the princes into frogs?

Can the princess disenchant the prince?

Does the princess want to disenchant the prince?

I s she going to disenchant him?

What will the poor frog prince do now that the princess has left?

Another case where the subject is found to the right of the verb is in the sentences that begin with "here " or "There."  The words "here" and ""there" are adverbs, and that is why they are not the subjects of sentences.  In sentences that begin with "here" or "there" the subject will be the first noun or pronoun to the right of the verb.  Find the subjects n these sentences:

Here is the classroom.

There was once a bird who sang all day.

Here is something of which to be proud!

There goes the ghost up the stairs.

There is the is letter on the table.
Here is the paper.

There is everyone.

There are not many pleasures in life for a bottled genie.

Find the subjects in each of these sentence ces:

There was once an evil genie.

2) Did he live in a bottle?

3) There in the bottle did he live.

4) will the genie ever escape the bottle?

5) There in the future has a clever student opened the bottle.

6) Must the genie now grant the student three wishes?

7) "Here are my three wishes."

8) "One, will you make me rich?"

9) "Two, there is a beautiful castle I wish to own."

10) "Three, here and now, and forever never may you hurt me or kill me."

11) Was the genie mad?

12) Can it be said he was not mad?

13) Can it be said he was not mad-crazy and mad-angry?

14) Did the student flee from the genie?

15) Has the genie trapped the student in a bottle?

16) There in the bottle sits the student.

17) Has the genie granted the student's wishes?

18) Will you tell me?

Another case where the subject will be to the right of the verb is when a prepositional phrase that acts like an adverb starts the sentence.  Find the subject in these sentences:

1. In the middle of the room stood a strange box.

2. From within the box could be heard cries for help.

3. On top of the box was the latch.

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